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January 2016 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5m taken by "Avatar"

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
Actor Adam Driver
Actor
Adam Driver

Weddings in Music

  • Jan 8 Singer Colton Dixon (24) weds longtime love Annie Coggeshall in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 16 Actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) weds baseball player Cutter Dykstra (53) in Palm Springs, California
  • Jan 30 Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh (34) weds Triple 8 former member Justin Scott at St James Parish Church in Barbados

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Robert Stigwood, Australian-born British-resident music entrepreneur and film producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), dies at 81
  • Jan 5 Elizabeth Swados, American composer and playwright (1972 TONY), dies at 64
  • Jan 5 Pierre Boulez, French composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), dies at 90
  • Jan 5 Nicholas Caldwell, American Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), dies at 71
  • Jan 6 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), dies of prostate cancer at 79 
  • Jan 7 Troy Shondell, American singer (This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)), dies from complications of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Jan 7 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), dies at 94

Person of interestDavid Bowie

Jan 10 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust", dies of cancer at 69

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jan 11 Gilberto Mendes, Brazilian composer, dies at 93
  • Jan 14 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, dies of throat cancer at 73
  • Jan 16 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 70
  • Jan 17 Mic Gillette, American trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Jan 17 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English rock drummer (Mott The Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), dies at 67

Person of interestGlenn Frey

Jan 18 Glenn Frey, American singer-songwriter (The Eagles), dies at 67

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • Jan 24 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86
  • Jan 25 Denise Duval, French soprano (music of Francis Poulenc), dies at 94
  • Jan 25 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 101
  • Jan 26 Colin Vearncombe, English singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), dies after a road accident at 53
  • Jan 28 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), dies following a heart attack at 74
  • Jan 28 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74
  • Jan 29 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, dies at 90